|Publication number||US7428787 B2|
|Application number||US 11/108,963|
|Publication date||Sep 30, 2008|
|Filing date||Apr 19, 2005|
|Priority date||Apr 23, 2004|
|Also published as||EP1588639A1, EP1588639B1, US20050235522, WO2005104886A2, WO2005104886A3|
|Publication number||108963, 11108963, US 7428787 B2, US 7428787B2, US-B2-7428787, US7428787 B2, US7428787B2|
|Inventors||J. Crowley II Kevin, David E. Miller, Tsui Hua Lin|
|Original Assignee||The Timberland Company|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (84), Referenced by (10), Classifications (22), Legal Events (2)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present application claims the benefit of the filing dates of U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 60/565,163, filed Apr. 23, 2004, entitled “Removable Shoe Collar”, and U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 60/636,457, filed Dec. 16, 2004, entitled “Gaitor Interface”, the entire disclosures of which are hereby expressly incorporated by reference herein.
The present invention relates generally to detachable shoe coverings. More particularly, one aspect of the present invention relates to gaitors having track interface connections to articles of footwear. Another aspect of the present invention relates to converting shoes from a low profile to a high profile, and vice versa.
There are countless styles and configurations of footwear that are used in all types of climates and for all sorts of activities. In certain conditions it is desirable to have supplemental articles that connect to the footwear. A gaitor (or gaiter) is a detachable covering for use with shoes or other types of footwear. The gaitor can, for example, keep ice, snow, scree or other debris from getting into the interior of the shoe or from covering the laces or other structures for securing the footwear to the foot.
Gaitors may wrap around the wearer's ankle, up to the knee or any point in between and can attach to the shoe using conventional fasteners such as hook and loop fasteners (e.g., VELCRO® brand hook and loop fasteners), straps, zipper or snaps. Unfortunately, conventional fasteners may suffer from normal wear and tear or from environmental effects. For instance, after repeated connection and release, hook and loop fasteners tend to lose their ability to maintain a secure connection. Straps can freeze in cold weather and may become too stiff to wrap around the shoe and secure the gaitor. Buttons can break, button holes can become fouled with snow, ice, debris, etc., and the act of buttoning can be difficult in cold weather. Snaps and zippers tend to easily clog with snow, ice, debris, etc., making it very difficult for the user to fasten or unfasten the gaitor. Therefore, a need exists for an improved interface between the gaitor and the article of footwear that does not wear down and can function in extreme environmental conditions. Furthermore, there is a need for an interface that provides easy and fast attachment and removal.
As mentioned above, the present invention also relates to converting shoes between a low profile and a high profile. Shoes, and particularly boots such as work boots and hiking boots, can be designed to have either a low profile (such as “chukka” style boots) that do not cover the ankle or do not cover all of the ankle, or a high profile, extending around the ankle portion or higher of the shoe. High profile shoes, typically having a collar at the heel of the shoe of six inches or more in height, have the advantage of providing protection and support for the ankle of the wearer. But such added protection comes at the expense of decreased mobility and flexibility. Low profile shoes have increased mobility at the ankle. However, low profile shoes leave the ankle or the upper portion of the ankle unsupported and unshielded from the elements, which can be a disadvantage to the wearer in certain circumstances.
It would be highly desirable for a single shoe to incorporate all of the advantages of both low profile and high profile shoes. Unfortunately, however, no such combination of features has yet been developed in a single shoe. Alternatively, it would be desirable to provide a convenient method for converting a low profile shoe into a high profile shoe to allow the wearer to select the particular style of shoes to use without being forced to purchase two pairs of boots. Once again, however, no such method or footwear has yet been developed. Accordingly, it is desirable to provide the consumer with a simple and expedient method for converting a low profile shoe into a high profile shoe at a reasonable cost or vice versa.
In a preferred embodiment, the present invention provides track interfaces for connecting different types of gaitors to any type of shoe. As used herein, the term “shoe” is intended to encompass a variety of footwear including, but not limited to, casual shoes, dress shoes, boots, sneakers, athletic shoes, moccasins, sandals and the like. Each track interface comprises two parts that releasably interconnect. The first part is a track that includes a pair of arms. The arms define an interior flex track. The second part is a connector having a bead at one end thereof. The bead is configured to be insertable into the flex track. The bead is desirably an elongated bead that is at least as long as the flex track.
In operation, it is preferable to slide the bead into the flex track. A locking post, stopping member or other structure can be included along with the track to prevent the bead from unintentionally sliding out of the flex track. Depending upon the materials used for the track and the connector, it may be possible to pull or rip the bead away from the flex track without sliding it out. However, it is preferable to construct the track and the connector from rigid or semi-rigid materials, and, more preferably, to disengage the connector from the track by sliding the bead out from the flex track.
The track interface will not lose its ability to maintain a secure connection between the gaitor and the shoe. The track interface will not cease to function in cold weather and will not become too stiff to engage the connector to the track to secure the gaitor. Should snow, ice, debris, etc., become lodged within the flex track, the wearer can easily knock the unwanted material out of the flex track without impairing the function of the connector and the track. Thus, the wearer can easily fasten or unfasten the gaitor from the shoe in all types of adverse conditions.
Preferably, the track is stitched or otherwise fastened to the shoe, and the connector is stitched or otherwise fastened to the gaitor, for example along a bottom edge of the gaitor. The track may be placed nearly anywhere along the exterior of the shoe, with the possible exception of the bottom of the outsole or tread. Multiple tracks may be placed at various points on the shoe, preferably with a first track on the medial side of the shoe and a second track on the lateral side of the shoe. Supplemental fasteners may be used to attach the gaitor to the shoe at places where it is either difficult to place a track or connector, or at places where it is desirable to have an additional means of securing the gaitor.
In another preferred embodiment, a gaitor interface for releasably connecting a gaitor to a shoe is provided. The gaitor interface comprises a track and a connector. The track includes a pair of arms and a flange. The pair of arms has upper ends curved towards one another defining an interior region of the track. The flange is adapted for attachment to a surface of the shoe. The connector comprises an attachment section and a connection section. The attachment section is attachable to a surface of the gaitor. The connection section is adapted to be slidably inserted into and removed from the interior region of the track.
In an alternative, the connection section is substantially perpendicular to the attachment section. In another alternative, the connection section includes an elongated bead disposed along an edge thereof, and the elongated bead is slidably insertable into the interior region of the track. In a further alternative, the track also includes a stopping member that is disposed on the flange opposite an opening into the interior region of the track. Thus, when the connector is received within the interior region, the stopping member prevents accidental removal of the connector.
In accordance with another embodiment, a shoe is provided, which includes an outsole for contacting the ground, an upper connected to the outsole, and a pair of tracks disposed on the shoe. The tracks each include an elongated pathway adapted to slidably receive a gaitor. In an alternative, the tracks each comprise a pair of arms and a flange. The pair of arms have upper ends curved towards one another to defining the elongated pathway, and the flange is adapted for attachment to a shoe surface. In this case, at least one of the tracks may further include a hinge disposed on the flange opposite an opening into the elongated pathway of the track. Here, the gaitor includes a connector that is received within the elongated pathway, and when the gaitor connector is received within the elongated pathway the hinge prevents removal of the gaitor connector.
In another example, the upper includes a collar region. Here, a first one of the tracks can be disposed on a medial side of the collar region, and a second one of the tracks can be disposed on a lateral side of the collar region. In yet another example, the upper includes a closure region. In this case, a first one of the tracks is disposed on a medial side of the closure region, and a second one of the tracks is disposed on a lateral side of the closure region. In another example, a first one of the tracks is disposed on a medial side of the outsole, and a second one of the tracks is disposed on a lateral side of the outsole. In a further example, the shoe additionally comprises a midsole between the upper and the outsole. In this case, a first one of the tracks may be disposed on a medial side of the midsole and a second one of the tracks is disposed on a lateral side of the midsole.
In accordance with yet another embodiment, a shoe is provided, which comprises a gaitor, an outsole, an upper and a pair of receptacles. The gaitor is adapted to cover at least a portion of the shoe. The gaitor includes a covering and a pair of connectors. The outsole is adapted to contact the ground, and the upper is connected to the outsole. The pair of receptacles can be disposed on the upper or the outsole. The receptacles each include an elongated pathway adapted to slidably receive one of the connectors.
In one alternative, each connector comprises an attachment section and a connection section. In this case, the attachment section is attachable to the gaitor covering, and the connection section is slidably insertable into a respective one of the elongated pathways. In another alternative, the connection section is substantially perpendicular to the attachment section. In this case, the connection section desirably includes an elongated bead disposed along an edge thereof, and the elongated bead is slidably insertable into the respective elongated pathway. Here, at least one of the receptacles may further include a flexible stopper disposed opposite an opening into the elongated pathway. When the elongated bead of a selected one of the connectors is received within the interior region, the flexible stopper prevents accidental disengagement of the selected connector from the receptacle.
In another example, both of the receptacles are disposed on an exterior surface of the upper. In a further example, both of the receptacles are disposed on an exterior surface of the outsole. In an additional example, the outsole includes a midsole connected to the upper, and at least one of the receptacles is disposed on the midsole. In another example, the covering of the gaitor includes a stretchable gore.
In another preferred embodiment, the present invention provides a removable shoe collar or gaitor for converting a low profile shoe into a high profile shoe, and a method for accomplishing this result. The collar can be made of a flexible material, such as materials commonly used, for example wovens (such as canvas), non wovens (such as synthetic leather), and/or knitted fabrics (such as a polyester/nylon mesh, leather or plastic, and has a contour adapted to be fitted over the outer surfaces of the low profile shoe. The shoe is provided with fasteners on at least the side sections thereof for securing the removable collar, and the collar has complementary fasteners on the base portion thereof for engaging the fasteners on the shoe. The conversion of the low profile shoe into a high profile shoe can thereby be easily and rapidly accomplished simply by engaging the complementary fasteners with minimal effort.
Fasteners suitable for use in the present invention include buttons, adapted to be fitted in button holes, zippers, VELCRO, strings, snaps and/or the track-based slide fasteners described herein. The collar is generally configured to have a heel section and a midfoot section, with the midfoot section portion being somewhat more extended in length as compared to the heel section.
The collar can be fastened together using a variety of fastening techniques. One such technique involves the use of eyelets positioned down the front of the collar on the top of the shoe. This is commonly referred to as the throat of a shoe. The eyelets are arranged and configured to receive a lace, and a tongue can also be disposed under the lace. In this embodiment, the laced portion of the collar creates the visual appearance of a normal high profile shoe. The laces also serve a functional utility of securing the collar and shoe to the foot of the wearer.
In one embodiment, the collar laces can be used to fasten and secure the collar to the laced section of the shoe. This can be accomplished by utilizing hooks mounted on the laced section of the shoe for attachment of the collar laces. The collar can also be closed using a variety of fastening techniques other than laces, such as by the use of zippers, snaps, buttons, VELCRO closures and the like.
In another embodiment, the collar can contain a lining of a water or solvent repellent material. The water repellent or hydrophobic material is preferably expanded polytetrafluroethylene or PTFE, a material commonly sold under the mark GORE-TEX® In this embodiment, the boot is suitable for foul weather conditions, such as for use in snow and rain, where the ankle of the wearer is protected from the environment by the collar. The collar can also contain insulation material for protecting the ankle of the wearer in extreme cold weather conditions.
Preferably, the collar is reversible to provide additional functional and aesthetic value to the wearer, but it need not be. For instance, in a non-reversible configuration, the inside of the collar can incorporate water repellent material, while the outside of the collar can include an aesthetic design. Alternatively, both the inside and outside of the collar can include designs which the wearer and select at his or her discretion. It will be appreciated that a reversible collar must include shoe fasteners on both the inside and outside surfaces of the collar, unless the track-based connection system is employed. It will also be appreciated that a shoe can be sold with multiple collars to provide a variety of functional and aesthetic choices to the wearer. In the method of this invention, the wearer installs the collar by engaging the complementary fasteners on the side of the shoe and on the collar, such as at the based of the collar. Once secured in place, the wearer can lace the collar to secure the shoe to the foot and ankle.
In accordance with a further embodiment, a shoe is provided, which comprises a gaitor, an outsole, an upper and a pair of receptacles. The gaitor is adapted to cover at least a portion of the shoe. The gaitor includes a covering and a pair of connectors. The outsole is adapted to contact the ground, and the upper is connected to the outsole. The pair of receptacles can be disposed on the upper or the outsole. The receptacles each include an elongated pathway adapted to slidably receive one of the connectors. The covering of the gaitor preferably includes a releasable fastening mechanism to fasten a first region of the covering to a second region of the covering. The releasable fastening mechanism desirably comprises lacing and eyelets.
In an alternative, a first surface of the covering comprises a first material and a second surface of the covering comprises a second material. The gaitor may also be reversible. The first surface may include a hydrophobic layer and the second surface may include an insulating layer. The hydrophobic layer preferably comprises a waterproof coating. In a further alternative, the first and second surfaces provide different appearances. In yet another alternative, the receptacles each comprise a track including a pair of arms and a flange. In this case, the pair of arms have inward curving upper ends defining the elongated pathway, and the flange is adapted for attachment to a surface of the shoe.
In accordance with yet another embodiment, a gaitor for covering at least a portion of a shoe is provided. The gaitor comprises a covering and a pair of elongated connectors. A first one of the elongated connectors is disposed along a medial side of the covering, and a second one of the elongated connectors is disposed along a lateral side of the covering. The connectors are adapted to slidably engage an elongated track of the shoe.
In an example, each connector comprises an attachment section and a connection section. The attachment section is attachable to a portion of the covering. The connection section is adapted to be slidably inserted into and removed from the elongated track of the shoe. In this case, the connection section is preferably substantially perpendicular to the attachment section. In another example, the connection section includes an elongated bead disposed along an edge thereof, and the elongated bead is slidably insertable into the elongated track. In a further alternative, the connection section of each connector comprises a bendable material.
In accordance with yet another embodiment, a method of connecting a gaitor to a shoe is provided. The gaitor includes an elongated connection member and the shoe includes a track. The method comprises aligning the elongated connection member with the track, and sliding the elongated connection member into the track until at least 50% of the elongated connection member is received within the track. In an alternative, the method further comprises disconnecting the gaitor from the shoe by sliding the elongated connection member out of the track. In another alternative, the method further comprises disconnecting the gaitor from the shoe by pulling an end of the elongated connection member substantially perpendicularly away from the track.
In describing the preferred embodiments of the invention illustrated in the appended drawings, specific terminology will be used for the sake of clarity. However, the invention is not intended to be limited to the specific terms used, and it is to be understood that each specific term includes all technical equivalents that operate in a similar manner to accomplish a similar purpose.
The shoe 10 is illustrated as including a track 20. The track 20 is adapted to receive a gaitor (not shown). While the side view of
The gaitor 24 may be fabricated using a wide variety of materials. By way of example only, the gaitor 24 may comprise leather, mesh, LYCRA® brand spandex synthetic fibers and filaments, nylon (such as ripstop nylon or urethane coated nylon), neoprene, laminated fabric, spandex, waterproof fabrics (such as GORE-TEX® brand waterproof fabrics), or any combination thereof. The gaitor 24 may also include an insulating material, such as fleece, which may be used alone or in combination with any of the other materials discussed above.
The flex track 30 desirably runs substantially the length of the pair of arms 28 a,b. Preferably, the flex track 30 runs at least 50% of the length of the pair of arms 28 a,b. More preferably, the flex track 30 runs at least 75% of the length of the pair of arms 28 a,b. An opening 34 is preferably provided at a first end of the pair of arms 28 a,b and a stop, post or bumper 36 is preferably provided at a second end thereof. The track 20 desirably also includes a flange or other attachment structure 38. The flange 38 may be used to stitch or otherwise affix the track 20 to the shoe 10. As shown in
As seen in
As seen in the front and back views of
Alternatively, the cross-sectional diameter of the flex track 30 may taper from the area adjacent to the opening 34 toward the end adjacent to the stop 36. In one example of this alternative, the cross-sectional diameter of the flex track 30 may preferably taper from about 3-4 mm from the area adjacent to the opening 34 to about 2-3 mm in the area adjacent to the stop 36. Whether the flex track 30 tapers or not, it is desirable for the bead 46 to fit snugly within the flex track 30. This provides for proper securing of the gaitor 24 to the upper 14 or to another part of the shoe 10. In another alternative, there may be a locking or retention mechanism (not shown) within the flex track 30 near or adjacent to the stop 36. The locking or retention mechanism can be used alone or in combination with the locking post 40 to prevent the bead 46 from accidentally pulling out of the flex track 30. In a further alternative, the flex track 30 may include one or more ridges or protrusions (not shown) along the interior sidewalls of the arms 28 a,b. The ridges/protrusions can be used to provide additional friction and/or to act as a retention means to prevent the bead 46 from accidentally pulling out of the flex track 30. The ridges/protrusions can be used alone, or in combination with the locking/retention mechanism and/or the locking post 40.
Regardless of the exact dimensions in this preferred embodiment, the overall length of the connector 26, in particular the overall length of the elongated bead 26, is preferably at least as long as the length of the flex track 30. More preferably, the overall length of the elongated bead 26 is between 1.0 and 1.25 times the length of the flex track 30. In alternative examples, the elongated bead 26 may be replaced by two or more discrete bead segments disposed along the connection section 44 b or the straight member 44′. In such examples, the overall length of the connection section 44 b or the straight member 44′ is preferably between 1.0 and 1.25 times the length of the flex track 30. Furthermore, at least one discrete bead segment is preferably placed at either end of the connection section 44 b or the straight member 44′.
Furthermore, the narrow width of the top slit or opening 32 helps to prevent ice, snow, scree or other debris from entering the flex track 30 and clogging it. Even should debris somehow become lodged within the flex track 30, the substantially uniform cross-sectional shape of the flex track 30 permits a wearer to readily dislodge the debris by shaking the shoe, banging the shoe, for instance with the heel of a palm or against a tree trunk or a rock, or by sliding a narrow tool such as a paperclip through the top slit 32 and into the flex track 30.
The track 20 and the connector 26 may each be formed from any number of materials. By way of example only, the track 20 and/or the connector 26 may comprise thermoplastic urethane (TPU), thermoplastic rubber (TPR), plastic resin (such as PEBAX® brand plastic resin), nylon, polyester elastomer (such as HYTREL® brand polyester elastomer), or any combination thereof. Different elements of the track 20 (such as the arms 28 a,b and the flange 38), and/or different elements of the connector 26 (such as the extended bead 46, the attachment section 44 a, the connection section 44 b, and/or the straight member 44′) may comprise the same or different materials, or the same or different combinations of materials. In a preferred example, the track 20 and the connector 26 both comprise TPU. In another example, the track 20 comprises TPR and the connector 26 comprises TPU. In yet another example, the track 20 comprises a soft, flexible rubber and the connector 26 comprises a soft, flexible TPU that has rigidity greater than the rubber of the track 20. Preferably, the track 20 is formed of a single molded piece of material. Desirably, the connector 26 is formed of a single molded or extruded piece of material.
In the embodiment described above in relation to
As discussed above, the length of the elongated bead 46, the connection section 44 b and/or the length of the straight member 44′ is at least as great as the length of the flex track 30. In cases where the flex track 30 is shorter, it should be understood that at least a portion of the elongated bead 46, the connection section 44 b and/or the straight member 44′ will stick out of the flex track 30. Whether or not elongated bead 46, the connection section 44 b or the straight member 44′ protrudes from the flex track 30, it may be desirable to include a mechanism to prevent the connector 26 from unintentionally pulling out of the track 20. Therefore, as mentioned earlier, it may be preferable to include the locking post 40 as part of the track 20.
Thus, it can be seen that the locking post 40 prevents the bead 46 of the connector 26 from accidentally pulling out from the flex track 30 of the track 20. In order to intentionally remove the connector 26 from the track 20, the user merely needs to reverse the steps described above in relation to
As discussed above, different shapes and/or styles of gaitors 24 may be placed over different portions of the shoe 10, and may connect at different places on the shoe 10. Preferably, a pair of connectors 26 removably attach to a pair of tracks 20. One of tracks 20 is preferably on the medial side of the shoe 10, and the other one of the tracks 20 is preferably on the lateral side of the shoe 10.
The length of the track 20 and/or the length of the connector 26 may vary depending upon the length of the lacing region 52. By way of example only, if the length of the lacing region is between 100-140 mm, then the overall length of the track may be between 60-140 mm, and the overall length of the connector may be between 60-150 mm. If the shoe 10 1 is a boot, for example, and if the length of the lacing region is between 140-250 mm, then the overall length of the track 20 may be between 100-250 mm, and the overall length of the connector may be between 100-260 mm.
Alternatively, for relatively long lacing regions 52, for instance between about 150-300 mm, there may be two or more tracks 20 and two or more corresponding connectors 26 on one or both of the medial and lateral sides of the lacing regions 52 of the shoe 10 1. In this case, each track 20 may have an overall length of between 40-80 mm and each connector 26 may have an overall length of between 40-90 mm.
Alternatively, the bead 46′ (or discrete bead segments) and optionally the connection section 44 b and/or the attachment section 44 a (or the straight member 44′) may comprise a flexible material such as rubber or TPR. The flexible material should be selected to permit the bead 46′ or the discrete bead segments and the connection section 44 b to follow the contour of the channel or flex track 30 within the track 20′.
The length of the track 20′ and/or the length of the connector 26′ may vary depending upon the length of the shoe 10 2. By way of example only, if the length of the shoe 10 2 is between 200-260 mm, then the overall length of the track 20′ may be between 150-250 mm, and the overall length of the connector may be between 150-260 mm. Alternatively, the overall length of the track 20′ may be 160 mm or less, for example between 20 mm and 150 mm, and the overall length of the connector may be 155 mm or less, for example between 15 mm and 145 mm. If the shoe 10 2 is a very large shoe, for example, and if its length is between 250-450 mm, then the overall length of the track 20′ may be between 200-430 mm, and the overall length of the connector may be between 200-440 mm. Alternatively, the overall length of the track 20′ may be 400 mm or less, for example between 20 mm and 380 mm, and the overall length of the connector may be 390 mm or less, for example between 15 mm and 385 mm.
Alternatively, for relatively long shoes 10 2, for instance between about 300-450 mm, there may be two or more tracks 20′ and two or more corresponding connectors 26′ on one or both of the medial and lateral sides of the midsole 18 of the shoe 10 2. In this case, each track 20′ may have an overall length of between 40-80 mm and each connector 26′ may have an overall length of between 40-90 mm. However, the overall length of each track 20′ may be less than half the length of the long shoe 10 2, although it is not necessary for each track 20′ or each connector 26′ to be the same length. For instance different tracks may range between 10 mm and 90 mm, and the overall lengths of each connector 26′ may be less than 10 mm or anywhere up to the full length of the track.
As discussed above, gaitors used in accordance with the present invention may have any configuration desired, and may be made from a wide variety of materials.
In the embodiments discussed above, the opening 34 of the track 20 may be positioned towards the front or toe region of the shoe relative to the rest of the track 20, or may positioned towards the rear or heel region of the shoe relative to the rest of the track 20. The placement of the opening 34 may face forward or rearward for any track 20 in accordance with the invention. Furthermore, in an alternate embodiment, the track 20 may be fastened to the gaitor 24, and the connector 26 may be fastened to the shoe 10. In this embodiment, the track 20 may fasten to the connector 26 in a manner equivalent to the methods described above.
As shown in
The collar 120 is secured to the chukka boot 110 using the fasteners 122 on the bottom section of the collar 120, and the complementary fasteners 112 on the side of the boot 110. Although snaps are shown in the particular embodiment depicted in
In use, the wearer can slip his or her foot into the top portion 136 of the collar 120 and into the body of boot 110. The laces 124 are tied to secure the boot 110 to the foot of the wearer. In one embodiment, the laces 124 can lock into prongs or hooks in the chukka boot 110 to further secure the collar 120 and boot 110.
The collar 120 can be reversible or non-reversible, and several different styles and types of collars 120 can be used with a single shoe. A reversible collar 120 can include functional features on both the inside and outside surfaces of the collar 120, such as a hydrophobic (waterproof) coating on one surface, and an insulation material on the other surface. Thus, the inside surface of the collar 120 can be an insulation material in cold weather, and a waterproof material in warmer but rainy weather. Alternatively, the collar 120 can have different non-functional or aesthetic designs on both sides in a reversible format to change the appearance of the shoe 110 at the discretion of the wearer.
Although the invention herein has been described with reference to particular embodiments, it is to be understood that these embodiments are merely illustrative of the principles and applications of the present invention. It is therefore to be understood that numerous modifications may be made to the illustrative embodiments and that other arrangements may be devised without departing from the spirit and scope of the present invention as defined by the appended claims. By way of example only, while different embodiments described above illustrate specific features, it is within the scope of the present invention to combine or interchange different features among the various embodiments to create other variants.
Any of the features in any of the embodiments can be combined or interchanged with any other features in any of the other embodiments. By way of example only, the placement of the gaitor interface, the shapes of the channel and interconnecting bead, and different types of supplemental fasteners can be used in combination and/or interchanged. The reversible collar lining may be employed with connectors such as the track system, and may connect to any portion of the shoe, such as the collar, midsole or outsole.
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|U.S. Classification||36/2.00R, 36/100, 36/1.5, 36/101|
|International Classification||A43B7/34, A43B3/18, A43B7/12, A43B3/00, A41D17/00, A43B3/24|
|Cooperative Classification||A41D17/005, A43B3/18, A43B7/34, A43B3/242, A43B7/12, A43B3/24|
|European Classification||A43B7/34, A43B7/12, A43B3/18, A43B3/24B, A41D17/00B, A43B3/24|
|May 26, 2005||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: TIMBERLAND COMPANY, THE, NEW HAMPSHIRE
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:MILLER, DAVID E.;CROWLEY, KEVIN J., II;LIN, TSUI HUA;REEL/FRAME:016278/0773;SIGNING DATES FROM 20040630 TO 20050305
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